Brandon Macias, PhD

Government Research Panel

Job Title: Technical Lead Scientist, Cardiovascular and Vision Laboratory

Current Employer: KBR


  • Postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA (2015)

  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology-Exercise Physiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2012)

  • Predoctoral Fellowship at Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden (2011)

  • B.A. in Bi Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (2002)


Dr. Brandon Macias’ science journey accelerated with participation in the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) internship at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center. After graduating with a B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, he worked as a study coordinator at UC San Diego (UCSD), where he help implement spaceflight bed rest analog studies. He decided to pursue his Ph.D. and enrolled at Texas A&M University (TAMU) to study the effects of mechanical loading on bone biology. He returned to UCSD for a postdoctoral fellow where he helped implement the International Space Station (ISS) Fluid Shifts Experiment. In 2015, he accepted a Senior Scientist position with KBR to support research activities conducted in the Cardiovascular & Vision Laboratory (CVL) at NASA JSC. Currently, he is principal investigator for the ISS flight project titled, “Investigating Structure and Function of the Eye. In this role, he is primarily responsible for providing day-to-day direct supervision of the CVL team comprised of 15 contractor employees comprised of scientists, engineers, and nurses, and supervising and organizing CVL research activities.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • Technical Writing

  • Project Management

  • Managing People in Projects

What I love most about my job:

As a scientist at NASA I am fortunate to have the opportunity to investigate Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome.  Rarely, in science does a team have the opportunity to investigate a medical mystery, in extreme environments, and utilize modern hardware and test protocols.

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